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Prepare your dog for a stress-free Fireworks Night by following this advice from the Kennel Club:

  1. Acclimatise your dog with noise CDs which give you the opportunity to introduce a variety of potentially disturbing noises in a controlled manner.
  2. Make a safe den for your dog to retreat to if he feels scared.
  3. Distract your dog by switching the TV or radio on.
  4. Act and behave normally as your dog will pick up on any odd behaviour. Reward calm behaviour with treats or toys.
  5. Check where and when displays are being held in your local area.  Ask neighbours if they are planning anything.
  6. Consult your vet if your dog has any health problems or is taking any medication before giving remedies to help him cope with Fireworks Night, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Seek help from an experienced animal behaviour counsellor if your pet is severely phobic. Visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcai
  8. Feed your dog well before you expect any disturbances
  9. Go walkies before dusk.
  10. Shut all doors and windows and draw the curtains to block out flashes of light and reduce noise levels. Don’t forget to block off cat flaps to stop dogs (and cats!) escaping.
  11. Shut your dog safely inside a room before opening the front door.
  12. Keep a collar and ID tag on your dog, just in case he accidentally escapes. You may also like to have your dog microchipped too – visit www.petlog.org.uk for more information.

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